Classics - BA, Language and Literature Track

The B.A. in Classics is designed to give students a thorough grounding in the culture, history, literature, and intellectual accomplishments of Ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to the dawn of the Middle Ages. Studying the history and literature of these civilizations will not only help students to develop skills in close reading, writing, and critical thinking, but will also help them to see how fundamental concepts of Western Civilization such as rationalism and democracy first arose in Classical Antiquity. The Classics degree is divided into two tracks: the Literature and Language track has a traditional focus on Latin and Greek philology (students choose either Latin or Greek to specialize in, but are encouraged to take both) and is intended to enable students to read and enjoy the great texts of Classical Antiquity (Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Tacitus, the New Testament, etc.) in the original languages. The Classical Civilization track has no language requirement and focuses instead on the history, beliefs, and material culture of ancient Greek and Roman civilization. A major in Classics signals a commitment to serious intellectual enquiry and is an excellent basis for careers in law, business, consulting, public service, and teaching. Those intending to pursue careers in medicine or finance will also find that a major in Classics can be easily combined with undergraduate courses required for those fields.

Greek or Latin Language
Select Greek language sequence or Latin language sequence18
Beginning Classical Greek II
Intermediate Greek
Advanced Classical Greek Poetry
Beginning Latin II
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Foundational Courses
CLAS 410Seminar in Classical Studies3
CLAS 491Research1
Select one of the following:3
Nautical Archaeology
Introduction to Biblical Archaeology
Classical Mythology
Classical Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Select two of the following:6
History of Ancient Architecture
The Role of Sculpture and Painting in Ancient Architecture
Intermediate Greek
History of Christianity: Origins to the Reformation
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Near Eastern Religions
College, University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Literature in English6
Language, philosophy and culture3
Mathematics 16
Creative arts3
Life and physical sciences9
Social and behavioral sciences6
American history6
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
International and cultural diversity 2
General electives 338
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Minor Field of Study. All Classics majors are strongly encouraged to select 15-18 hours in a minor field of study. Students must earn a "C" or better in all minor coursework.

Courses cross-listed with other programs cannot be used under different prefixes to fulfill more than one requirement.